Godzilla: The Heisei Years “Godzilla vs. Mothra”

This installment of the Godzilla Heisei series is the 1992 film Godzilla vs. Mothra (also known in the U.S. as Godzilla and Mothra:  The Battle for Earth)

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Godzilla is awakened after a meteor hits in the ocean nearby him.  Meanwhile, the main humans in the film are Takuya Fujita, a thief with a good heart deep down and Masako Tezuka, Takuya’s ex-wife.  They also have a daughter, Midori (though she does not know about Takuya and his thieving ways).  The stories intersect when Takuya is offered an opportunity at freedom in exchange for helping Masako & the Marutomo company in exploring a certain island.  While exploring, they come across a strange egg along with two tiny twins known as Cosmos.  The group finds out that Cosmos along with the egg are associated with Mothra.

Mothra has always been charged with defending the Earth.  However, a long time ago, there was also another defender of Earth named Battra.  However, one battle long ago against an ancient civilization that tried to control the Earth’s climate, drove Battra to war with anything and everything, including the Earth.  Mothra defeated Battra and the ancient civilization, and the two went into hibernation.  However, with the recent disasters that had taken place, Mothra’s egg had been uncovered and the Cosmos were worried that Battra might return.

Sure enough, Battra does returns and gets into a fight with Godzilla.  Mothra, in it’s larvae state, is caught in the middle of the battle out at sea but is able to escape.  In some ways similar to the 1964 film Godzilla vs. Mothra, Takuya tries kidnap the Cosmos and hold them ransom.  Mothra in turn, would come to the aid of the Cosmos by coming to Tokyo, willing to destroy the city if it needed.  Masako and Midori, with the help of psychic Miki Saegusa, try to convince Takuya to let the Cosmos go for the sake of the city.  Takuya does come to his senses and releases them and the Cosmos convince Mothra not to attack the city.

Miki senses that Godzilla has surfaced from Mount Fuji and this will set the showdown between Godzilla and Mothra with Battra eventually siding with Mothra.  The battle ends with Godzilla defeated and sent back to the ocean.  Battra sacrifices its life in the process.  At the end of the film, Mothra flies out into space to defend the Earth from a huge meteor that Battra would’ve protected the Earth from if it was still alive.

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As far as the Heisei series, this one is the least connected to the previous films.  Miki Saegusa does make an appearance but it is a brief one.  It does set up that she is working with the Japan Self Defense Force and this will play a bigger role later on in the series.  It also continues to show the growing concern and care that Miki has for Godzilla.

Godzilla vs. Mothra ranks near the bottom if I was listing my favorite films in this series.  It’s a good film, I just like my Godzilla films where Godzilla is at least an antihero, and that usually isn’t the case when Mothra is around.  It is interesting to see the path that Takuya takes throughout the course of the film.  He does go from someone who you generally don’t like to being likeable at the end.

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